As surveys on the old water main in the A2 complete, we're announcing plans to replace almost a mile of faulty water mains in Lower Road and the A2.
These pipes have burst several times, causing discoloured water or loss of supply. Work will be carried out in two phases:
Phase A - 5 August 2019
Lower Road will be closed in sections between Frognal Lane and Station Road from 13 August until mid-December as we replace 700 metres of burst-prone mains.
Expected closure dates (subject to change):
- Station Road to Orchard View – 13 August - 15 October
- Orchard View to Frognal Lane - 16 October - 18 December
Three-way lights will be in place at the Station Road junction intermittently throughout the scheme.
A clear diversion route will be in place during this work and has been approved by Kent Highways.
Phase B - 2 January 2020
Temporary traffic lights will be installed on A2 London Road from 2 January 2020, as we replace another 700-metre section of old pipe. The lights will be in place along short sections of the road from Station Road to Claxfield Road, moving as we complete each section of work.
We currently expect this work to finish in early September but will use information gathered during our survey works to decide on an engineering technique and reduce the duration of the work if possible.
Tuesday 13 August
Following our drop-in session at the end of last month, we’ve spoken to Kent Highways following a number of questions from customers and parish councillors to the upcoming works on the A2. We are working closely with them to plan this work in a way that will minimise disruption.
Kent Highways have requested us to work six days a week, 7.30am – 6pm Mon – Friday and 8am – 4pm Saturday.
Generally, traffic lights will be in place for no more than a 100-metre stretch to minimise delays but we are reviewing the requirements as part of the planning of this project.
Other roadworks in Teynham and Sittingbourne
Kent Highways has confirmed that other roadworks taking place on the A2 in Sittingbourne and more locally in the village will not affect the start date of our works.
If there is a planned or emergency closure of the M2, they will ask us to remove our traffic lights on the A2 if it is safe to do so, or if not, then to manually control the lights to ease the flow of traffic.
Local roadworks planned by UK Power Networks in Teynham will be allowed to go ahead only if minimal traffic management will be used.
Lower Road flooding
We’ve let Kent Highways know that many residents at our information evening reported that the drains on Lower Road are prone to flooding and that we'd be happy to accommodate their drain cleaning at the same time as our work.
We’ll keep residents updated if we hear more details from the highways team.
Vegetation clearance on Frognal Lane and Lower Road
Following feedback from customers about overgrown hedges making the road narrower, Highways will pass this onto their operations teams to plan this work in.
Monday 5 August
Work began today as planned, with Lower Road closed as we replace the pipe in this area.